Comedy Central has announced via press release that Larry Wilmore will be taking over for Stephen Colbert after the latter leaves The Colbert Report to host The Late Show on CBS. The new show will be called The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, which will be “a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television,” according to the release. Wilmore has been the “senior black correspondent” on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart since joining the show in 2006. Prior to that, he had a long career in TV writing, including stints on The Office, In Living Color, and The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. He is the co-creator of The PJs and The Bernie Mac Show, the latter of which he won an Emmy for writing for. His new series Black-ish was just picked up by ABC.
The new show was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by Stewart’s Busboy productions. Wilmore will also serve as a producer and writer, in addition to host. Said Stewart in the release: “While Larry Wilmore is a brilliant comic and showrunner, this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan.”
“I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart. I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker t-shirts when I’m layering,” Wilmore added, both conveniently ignoring what disastrous craters their chosen basketball teams are at present.
The Minority Report will debut in January. It will probably not feature Samantha Morton predicting the future through a complicated system of laying in a pool and sending red balls through a long series of tubes, but you never know.
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